We are eating a lot more oil -- 60% more than in the '50s. An average household of four is eating 40 gallons of added oil each year, which doesn't count fats found naturally in foods such as whole meat, nuts, and dairy.
|Annual consumption of added oils for a family of four.|
Fruits and even vegetables are also eaten more now than in the '50s, but just by 20%. This reflects the overall trend of more everything rather than healthier foods. Meat consumption increased by 40%, which is driven largely by a more-than-tripling of chicken. Each family consumes 1 + 1/3 pig and 3/5 of a cow each year, aswell as over 100 chickens.
When adding the fish to the total, each household consumes 780 lb of meat each year. Assuming the same meat-vs-total-weight ratios of pork and beef, this corresponds to an equivalent of eight people.
As Fat Knowledge has mentioned several times, the whole Food Miles idea is overblown. The report also shows that its cost low. It average 4% of the total cost of the food -- the same amount as advertising. The largest costs are labor (38%) and farm value (19%).